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Container Service 101

This course will provide a high-level overview to the XNAT Container Service, which allows users to install and run self-contained environments for processing XNAT data.

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About This Course

CS 101 provides a high-level introduction to installing, using, and developing for the XNAT Container Service. By the end of this course, you will have an understanding of how and why container images are developed, how to install them in your XNAT, and how to launch containers on your XNAT data. This course contains a combination of lectures, walkthroughs, and practical exercises that you can follow along with in your own XNAT installation. For deeper-level guidance on the Container Service, see: XNAT Container Service Documentation

This course can be taken by anyone, but is geared toward experienced XNAT users. We will be discussing core XNAT concepts such as data permissions and API integrations, without taking the time to explain how they work. If you are new to XNAT, we recommend taking the XNAT Admin 101 Course.


For practical exercises, we recommend that you have access to a computer with at least 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended), and the ability to install software as an admin user. You should be familiar with using a command-line interface (i.e. Terminal on Mac OS, Command prompt or Git Bash on Windows) to access your system as well.

Course Staff

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Will Horton

Will Horton is the lead UI/UX/Instructional Designer on the XNAT team, and the head of XNAT Academy. Will has worked on the XNAT team since 2010.

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